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Gas Logs: A Clean Heat

Why Opt for a Gas Fireplace?

Are you ready to scoop your last bit of ash? Gas logs are a convenient alternative to wood burning. Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps/Bless Your Hearth can help you choose the gas log set (Peterson/Rasmussen/Eiklor) that suits you best. We are qualified and certified to install it for you as well.

Let’s compare some of the differences between wood-burning fireplaces and gas fireplaces

Wood-Burning Fireplaces

Gas fireplaces start with the touch of a button and produce an even heat -- with zero smoke.

Gas fireplaces start with the touch of a button and produce an even heat — with zero smoke.

A traditional wood-burning fireplace offers fire where you can really smell and hear the ambiance in your living room. One downside is that wood needs to be seasoned for six months to year. Wood fires are also messy and cleanup is constant.

Maintenance: National Fire Protection Association recommends annual inspections and regular cleanings when needed. As mentioned above, daily clean-up of ash and wood debris is often needed.

Ventilation: Wood burning fireplaces must have a working chimney that properly exhausts the byproducts of combustion (i.e smoke/gases).

Gas Fireplaces

Gas fireplaces start with the touch of a button and produce an even heat — with zero smoke (when properly maintained. Vented units rarely produce unpleasant odors and while they often produce less heat can often provide a more realistic flame than their “unvented” cousins. It usually produces an even heat. The fire that a gas fireplace produces can be safer because it doesn’t move around while it is burning.

Maintenance: The mechanics should be cleaned and checked out annually much like your HVAC system to avoid unexpected loss of use “just when you need it.”

Ventilation:

  • Vented fireplaces utilize flues (traditional chimney or direct vent system) to exhaust the byproducts of combustion (i.e. smoke/gases) towards the outside of the living space.
  • Unvented (or vent free) systems vent directly into the house and are usually designed with safety measures to detect carbon emissions and oxygen levels for safety and convenience. However following manufactures operating instructions is absolutely necessary to achieve optimum operations and safety with unvented/vent free appliances.

Making the switch to gas logs can be a smart move in some circumstances. It can result in less hands-on maintenance and produce an even heat. Some systems can be started with the touch of a button or the flip of a switch.

Call Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps | Bless Your Hearth and let’s get started today.

 

Is Your Family Prepared?

House fires are devastating.  They can leave families without homes and sadly sometimes loved ones.  No matter how hard you try to prevent them, they are a common problem.  However, there are things you can do to protect yourself incase of one of these emergencies.  Start by making sure you have smoke detectors installed on every level of your home.  Also, make sure your fireplace and chimney is safe.  Creosotes are leading causes to chimney fires so make sure you have your yearly chimney sweep and inspection administered.  Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps is a group of professional technicians certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) that can help you with chimney problems that may arise in your home.

No one can guarantee 100% safety when it comes to fire and your home. The best you can do is to minimize risks and educate your family.

No one can guarantee 100% safety when it comes to fire and your home. The best you can do is to minimize risks and educate your family.

A fire escape plan is also one of the most important things you can have prepared for your home.  If you have children or elderly people in your household, it is important to practice the routine to make sure that they remember and can safely exit the home.  This will help decide if any changes need to be made.  Make sure for every room there are two exits incase the door is blocked by fire.  It is important to touch the door and not the knob because the knob conducts more heat, allowing it to burn you when it is touched.  This could mean the fire is right on the other side of the door.  Make sure everyone in the home knows how and can open all windows, as they are usually one of the best ways to escape the home. The National Fire Protection Association provides an excellent resource for families.

Once everyone is out of the home, they need to know where to go.  The best place is a tree or some other lace far enough from the home that if the fire spread you would not be affected.  Have the first person outside of the home call the fire department.  This is important because in an emergency you have no time to waste finding a phone and calling and then escaping.  Once you exit the home, do not reenter, as it is hard to see who still needs to be rescued.  While it is a firefighters job to rescue the family, it is better to not have to send them into the home to get endangered as well.  Having routine drills and knowing safety precautions can help you in an emergency later.